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The Heart of Rock and Soul

Dave Marsh, 1989

68 ON BROADWAY, The Drifters
Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; written by Cynthia Weill, Barry Mann, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller
Atlantic 2182 - 1963
Billboard: #9

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A cutting guitar that could have only been played by Leiber and Stoller's sorcererlike apprentice, Phil Spector, slices between Rudy Lewis's despairing lead and the Latin percussion underneath. But it's the way the guitar plays off against horns and strings at the bridge that persuades you that this kid really will do anything to make it - and that the search is its own reward. The facts may be otherwise, but the atmosphere here is beyond argument.
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From "The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made", by Dave Marsh, 1989.
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